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Dad and I at that 2010 game

June 15, 2014

I don't remember the first time my dad took me to the ballpark. I do have a lifetime of memories of trips to Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, and other baseball venues with him. Even then, no specific visit stands out the most.

Sure, there were plenty of special occasions - birthdays, playoff games and opening days to name a few. And then there were the days when simply catching a game was the occasion. I've especially come to appreciate those as the opportunities to do so now have become less frequent. Each game has been meaningful in its own way.

Manny Machado Batting (Spring Training)

June 9, 2014

There aren't many Manny Machado defenders out there after a weekend series that featured a bizarre series of incidents that culminated with the bat slip/toss in the eighth inning of Sunday's blowout loss to the Oakland A's. 

1971 Orioles

June 2, 2014

Let's talk streaks. Now that Boston's win streak is over (Thanks, Cleveland!) we can put their recent up-and-down play into its proper Baltimore perspective. 

Nelson Cruz, Milwaukee Brewers Card

May 27, 2014

There are plenty of Orioles-Brewers storylines to be had during this week's Interleague series, including a storyline about trading away Nelson Cruz that the team and its fans would likely rather forget.

Before getting to Cruz, here are some other potential storylines:

Johan Santana Card

May 25, 2014

Johan Santana can opt out of his Orioles minor league deal at the end of the month. He'll throw again Tuesday in extended spring training, and, according to Dan Connolly's Sunday update on Orioles Insider, Dan Duquette is playing it cool.

“He is a competent major league pitcher, and there is always room for them,” Duquette said.

Chris Davis

May 21, 2014

Chris Davis homered three times on Tuesday, the first Orioles player to do so since, well, Chris Davis. Davis previously accomplished the feat on Aug. 24, 2012 versus the Blue Jays. Prior to that, Nick Markakis homered three times on Aug. 22, 2006. 

Tony Sipp Card

May 12, 2014

Shortly after the Houston Astros jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against the Orioles on Sunday, I Tweeted the following: "As long as Houston has to go to the bullpen, I remain optimistic about this game."

Bob Turley Card

May 9, 2014

The 1954 Cleveland Indians were good. Very good. The 1954 Baltimore Orioles were bad. Very bad. That's why the story of a regular season game on May 9, 1954, is worth telling during this Diamond Anniversary season and on this Flashback Friday.